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Job title: Trustee/s (co-opted) in England & Wales

Role: to be part of the governing body of the Open Spaces Society and help it fulfil its role of protecting open spaces and public paths for the use of the public and, in particular, to help it become more financially self-sufficient and thus ensure it continues to help future generations. We have an excellent committee but, like many small charities, are in need of more help in certain areas. We would be pleased to co-opt people with the expertise and background below, but they need to join the society before they are eligible to serve as a trustee.

Term: at least one year – preferably two to three.

Desirable expertise/background:
• a genuine interest in the objects of the society; and
• resident in Wales with a knowledge of and interest in our work there (we would like at least one trustee to be a Welsh resident to help make our work more relevant to Wales); and/or
• background in publicity/marketing/social media/fund-raising especially in the charity sector; and/or
• legal expertise.

Hours: Not onerous. There are four trustees’ meetings a year plus the AGM—currently all in London, lasting three to four hours on a weekday. There is an option of serving on subcommittees or working parties (eg finance, membership) according to skills and interests.
Apart from meetings, most work can be done online and from home. There are occasional exceptions.

Remuneration: None—expenses are paid. We hope the work is the reward!

Local correspondents in England and Wales

The work of the Open Spaces Society depends heavily on its volunteers. In particular our team of Local Correspondents is the backbone of our efforts to preserve public paths, common land and greens. For this post it is essential that the person has the ability to understand and scrutinise path change consultations and orders and planning applications and to make appropriate recommendations.

Local correspondents in urban areas

In urban areas the work of local correspondents is likely to be more concerned with parks and other open spaces, defending them against undesirable development and enclosure, often by the local authority owners. The society is directly consulted on commons and rights-of-way matters, but other threats can only be discovered by looking for planning applications and articles in local papers. Also some of our urban authorities still have no definitive maps of public paths which makes the job more difficult.

For this post it is essential that the person has the willingness and ability to study planning proposals as they relate to commons, greens, open spaces and paths and to make appropriate recommendations. Although a background in land law would be extremely useful, this is not essential as the society will provide guidance.

Local correspondent job description

For a general job description, please click here. If you would like further information, please contact the office.